EORH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

Monday, August 29, 2016

East Ohio Regional Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The patient­focused program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks and coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and respiratory symptoms) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

Lynn Swider, Director of the OVMC­EORH Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program said, “This certification means that we have achieved the highest accreditation in cardiac/pulmonary rehab that we can possibly achieve which means that our program is making a difference in people’s lives and improving their lives.”

The EORH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer­review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies.

Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors. AACVPR­certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

Swider says that hours worth of data is compiled by the EORH Cardiac Rehabilitation program staff and then analyzed by the AACVPR. “The commitment of the staff has here is unparalleled. From the first time a patient is assessed when they come into the program until they leave, our goal is improving their quality of life. It’s so rewarding to see the progress that is made throughout the process.”

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.


Pictured at the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation facility at EORH are Lynn Swider, Director of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, Joseph Gabis, M.D., and Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at EORH, Libby Miller, R.N. and Coordinator of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and Kayla Seidler, Exercise Physiologist.